David Boland has owned the property for more than 10 years — 30 acres at the end of Bayou Casotte in industrial East Pascagoula.
And all that time, he has pondered what to do with it.
“It’s beautiful property,” he told the Pascagoula City Council this week. And he outlined exactly what he wants to do: build a tiny house community, short-term RV park, dry boat-stack marina, a restaurant, wet slips, piers with fish-cleaning stations and a lazy river.
“You can bring you own tiny house. We will sell them or help you build one,” he said. “Or you could lease one by the night, the year, the month.”
Boland, who owns a building materials and veneer company in Pascagoula, said he has been doing his own design concepts for the project that he is proposing on land east of Bayou Casotte Parkway and south of Orchard Road.
He sets the finished value at $15 million.
When councilmembers pointed out the site is at the foot of a mountainous pile of waste gypsum industrial byproduct and just down the street from industries that are known for over-spray, sending out sandblasting residue and chemical smells, Boland was unconcerned.
He’s banking on the Interstate 10 travel and the notion that fishermen don’t care if they are in an industrial setting.
He said Venice, Louisiana, fish camps thrive in the midst of oil rigs and other industry. He said what matters is how quickly an avid fisherman can get his boat to deep water, and this setting is perfect for that.
“This could attract people from 300 miles around,” he said to interested people after the meeting.
Boland said the property has been under contract to be a wood pellet plant and an industrial tank terminal. But he said this fits better.
He needs help from the city with road widening, a sewage pump and lift station and possibly a traffic signal.
He will need a variance, because the property is zoned industrial, he said, but he also will need permission from the state and federal government to cut canals in what is considered to not be “high quality” wetlands.
One primary aspect of the development would be to run a canal around a group of small lots, where boat owners can pull right up to their tiny houses or RVs.